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Quotes from The Bookshop

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    • Milo North: Has anyone ever told you that you have a marvelous pair of ankles?
    • [taking book out of delivery from the bookshop]
    • Edmund Brundish: Fahrenheit four five one. What kind of book is this?
    • Edmund Brundish: ...please, at your earliest convenience, send more books by Ray Bradbury.
    • [looking at Richard Hughes's A High Wind in Jamaica, which Florence has ordered her to read]
    • Christine: What's it about?
    • Florence Green: It's about good pirates and evil children.
    • Florence Green: While there's life, there's hope.
    • Edmund Brundish: God, what a horrifying thought.
    • Christine: You're so kind, Mrs. Green...
    • [running away]
    • Christine: You're so bloody kind.
    • [Voice over]
    • Narrator: Mr. Brundish lived alone in the oldest house in Hardborough. He didn't particularly like his own company, but after long years of battle, he had reached a lasting truce with himself. He adored books with the same passion with which he detested his fellow men.
    • Edmund Brundish: In the case of biographies, it's better, I find, if they're about good people, whereas novels are much more interesting if they are about nasty people.
    • Christine: My elder sister spends all of her time with Charlie Cutts. In fact, on my way over here, I saw their bikes hidden under the fallen leaves over by the crossroads. You won't have any trouble like that with me, though. Those things aren't happening to me yet. And I find boys to be repulsive.
    • Christine: People always say life has passed by women who have no children.
    • Florence Green: "Lo-li-ta."
    • Milo North: Mm-hmm.
    • Florence Green: Have you read it? Is it any good?
    • Milo North: It'll make you rich, Florence.
    • Florence Green: Yes, but is it any good? I only stock good novels. They don't move fast enough, you know?
    • Milo North: According to Graham Greene, it is a masterpiece.
    • Christine: That Milo is a ferret. He smiles just like a ferret. I wish he'd just go to hell.
    • [laughing]
    • Florence Green: Stop it, Christine!
    • Christine: You're too nice. He's a nasty piece of work. When I'm older, I'm gonna try and be like him. It's much more practical.
    • Edmund Brundish: Let me tell you what it is I admire about human beings. What I value most is the one virtue they share with gods and animals, and which I will therefore no longer refer to as a virtue. I mean... courage. And you, Mrs. Green, possess that quality in abundance.
    • Florence Green: Dear Mr. Thornton, a good book is the precious distillation of a master's spirit, embalmed and preserved for the purpose of achieving a life beyond life, which is why it is undoubtedly a necessary commodity.
    • Kattie: Milo didn't do you justice when he described you to me.
    • Florence Green: Oh, dear. Spare me from Milo's appraisal. I don't think I want to know what he thinks of me.
    • Kattie: I still don't know what he thinks of *me*. Or if he feels something for me. Or, for that matter, if he feels anything at all. I guess that's part of his thing. Keeping you guessing all the time. You know what they say: with that kind of man, you'll never know whether he's hiding a rich inner world or... absolutely nothing.
    • Edmund Brundish: I could just put a bullet through her, but...
    • [is disrupted by Florence laughing]
    • Edmund Brundish: I'm not sure that would be to your liking.
    • Christine: I never had time to sit around when I was her assistant.
    • Milo North: No wonder. You're a child.
    • [raises her eyebrows]
    • Milo North: Or a woman. Neither of them have any idea of how to relax.
    • Edmund Brundish: Old age is not the same thing as historical interest. Otherwise you and I would be far more interesting than we are.
    • Jessie: You seem to think I'm an outrageous person. Is that it?
    • Edmund Brundish: I can't answer that question "yes" or "no". I suspect that by "outrageous" you mean "unexpectedly offensive". And the truth is that you have been fairly offensive, bu also... repulsive, Mrs. Gamart. That is, you have behaved exactly as I expected.
    • Florence Green: Don't ever say his name again. And forget mine.
    • Milo North: If you're looking for a new assistant, I understand Christine is available. She is no longer working at the new bookshop.
    • [chuckles to himself]
    • Milo North: She tried to sell Lolita to the vicar.
    • [Last lines]
    • Narrator: How right she was when she said that no one ever feels alone in a bookshop.
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